MICHAEL RUBENFELD, SELFCONSCIOUS CO-DIRECTOR
Michael is a performance maker originally from Winnipeg and now residing in Toronto. He is a Dora Award-nominated performer and playwright and has worked on stages across the country and in parts of the United States. In 2002 he launch the Absit Omen Playwrights’ Unit with Hannah Moscovitch, which was a bi-monthly space for writers to explore new work. Two years later, they launched Absit Omen Theatre, where they produced a number of new works including Essay, The Russian Play and Mexico City (Moscovitch) and Present Tense, Spain and My Fellow Creatures (Rubenfeld). The company was collectively nominated for over 10 Dora-Mavor Moore Awards, including outstanding new play for both Essay and My Fellow Creatures. Michael has served as Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Performance Festival since 2008 where he has helped present over 300 productions, launched the SummerWorks Music Series, The Live Art Series, The Performance Bar and initiated the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program (SLIP) with Jordi Mand, a training intensive for emerging performance-arts professionals with a focus on the business of the arts. He has been called “one of Toronto’s most interesting men of the theatre” by the Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.